Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Brute Lance

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Mega Bloks Brute Lance

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 130
Minifigures: Brute Bodyguard, Brute Major, Brute Minor X2
Accessories: Buildable tower, Brute Mauler X2, Brute Spike, Bruteshot
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from eBay for $20 (I’ll explain that later)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box front features a cool action shot! As you can see by the window on the front of the box, the Brute Bodyguard doesn’t have the blueish sheen that it has in the action shot.MB Brute Lance BOX Front Continue reading

Halo Toy Review: Mega Bloks Yankee Squad

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Mega BloksYankee Squad

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 143
Minifigures: Marine Sergeant, Flamthrower Marine, 2X regular Marines w/full goggle and face mask.
Accessories: Buildable Flamethrower, Shotgun, Battle Rifle, SMG; 2 regular backpacks and one communications backpack
Special Features: Turret turna 360° and pivots up/down
Cost: $16 US (Mass Retail) I got mine from eBay for $20 (I’ll explain that later)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box art shows the figures and turret in a neat action scenario. No, the turret doesn’t have blast pieces attached to the front, but that would have been cool.MB Yankee Squad BOX Front
As you can see the set includes a REQ pack code inside for Halo 5 Guardians. Continue reading

Community Update: Cetacean Celebration

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

By Ske7ch

Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of the Halo Community Update. This week we’ve got another jam-packed serving of Halo goodness spanning Halo Wars 2, Halo 5 REQs and helmets, Warzone, a new team spotlight, community egg hunters and more. Let’s do this!

HALO WARS 2 BLITZ BETA

Wow, it’s hard to believe that ten full days of the Blitz Beta have come and gone so quick! Many, many players jumped at the chance to take Blitz for a test drive on Xbox One and Windows 10 and we’ve gathered a ton of great feedback, bug reports and game data to help the development team.

As the beta fades into the distance Dan Ayoub, 343’s Studio Head of Strategy Games Development, passed along the following note for our community:

On behalf of the entire Halo Wars 2 team I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Blitz beta! Your feedback and the data we gathered during the beta is critical to helping us make Halo Wars 2 as awesome as possible when it launches on Feb. 21. I hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts and feedback for the rest of Halo Wars 2 when you experience the full game in just a few short weeks. See you online!” 

I don’t know about you but I love a good infographic. Thankfully the team has us covered with this sweet snapshot of some of the more memorable statistics from the Blitz Beta:

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Canon Fodder: Log of War

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
ISSUE 97

Greetings fellow lore-lovers! Thanks much for joining us again for another installation of your favorite fiction feature. Last issue, we unleashed a torrent of awesome art and accompanying background info as a deeper dive into many of the units available in the fast-approaching Halo Wars 2. Today, we take a look at a feature in the aforementioned RTS experience that regular readers of these particular pages will no doubt be intrigued by. Plus, we’ve extracted more awesome tabletop details from one of our BFFs (best fiction friend, obviously), Kenneth Peters – including some Deep Link-style lore for one of my personal favorite Sangheili ranks. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got some more behind-the-scenes Q&A with more of the folks behind Halo: Tales from Slipspace. So yeah, should be fun. Ready?

PHOENIX LOGS

One of my favorite unsung features in Halo Wars 2 is something that lore-leaning Halo fans have asked about for quite some time. Aside from a (admittedly really cool) Kinect-centric Library feature included with 2011’s Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, there hasn’t often been much in the way of a more comprehensive “codex”-style destination within a Halo game, which makes the new Phoenix Logs feature something I’m personally pretty stoked about.

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Atriox Face made of Mega Construx figures

Okay, I do admit, you have to squint a little, but you can definitely see it.

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I based it off of this pic:
Atriox OG

No, not a 1 for 1 replication. That would take much longer to do. I did the Mega figures version in about an hour. Consider that I did not rotate any of the figures to fit better. I wanted to challenge myself to see how well I could do this in an hour and keep the figures all the same orientation.

I think it turned out pretty good. (Even if you have to squint a little…)

-Sal

Halo Toy Review: Mega Construx Fireteam Osiris

Mega Bloks has changed it’s name to Mega Construx. For the sets I’m reviewing that still have the Mega Bloks logo, that will be present in them. The sets that are now Mega Construx will have that logo. With a possible couple of exceptions in 2017, all Mega reviews will be Mega Construx instead of Mega Bloks.

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Mega Construx Fireteam Osiris

Technical Specifications:
Build Time: 2 minutes sorting, 5 minutes building
Set Piece Count: 144
Minifigures: Spartans: Locke, Buck, Tanake, and Vale
Accessories: Arrow of Time Sniper, Battle Rifle, Assault Rifle, “Echidna” Hydra, “Void’s Tear” Plasma Pistol, DMR, SMG, “Lawsgiver” Shotgun
Special Features: N/A
Cost: $20 US (Mass Retail)

And on with the pics! (Click pics to make BIGGER)

The box art is very cool. The window shows the figures prominently along with their respective named stands.MB Osiris BOX Front Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Controller Skin!

There has been no official controller or skin that I’ve seen for Halo Wars 2. So, I took it upon myself to make one. Halo Wars 2 XB1 Skin just sticker

Here’s what it looks like on the controller itself:Halo Wars 2 XB1 Skin w-cntrlr

You can get this via GameStopskinit.com

You will have to upload the graphic, which I’m including here:
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That’s the full graphic. When you upload it, it will automatically pop into place.

You can even personalize it with your own gamertag if you want, via the ordering process:
Halo Wars 2 XB1 Skin FULL Personalized

If you use this, let me know. I’d LOVE to see pics of it on your controller!!

I am going to make 2 other Halo Wars 2 controller skins. One will be Concept Art, the other various other Halo Wars 2 graphics.

Please, if you post this on another site, include a linkback to this article and give me “Sal Salerno of HaloFanForLife.com” credit for creating the skin. (I get NO profit from this folks. Done for you fans by a fellow fan.

Blitzing the Night Away

This is a reblog from Halo Wayoint: 

By Sk37ch
Welcome back, friends! We’ve still got Blitz on the brain so this week’s update has some pro-tips and insights to hopefully help elevate your game and win percentage as we go into the final weekend of the Halo Wars 2 Beta. We’ve also got quite a bit of Halo 5 news on deck including info on tomorrow’s “Warlords” playlist, new helmets, an ask for feedback and more. Beyond that we’ve also got another 343 Team Spotlight from deep within the Halo Wars 2 team and Uny’s serving up another helping of the Community Spotlight and a Play of the Week.

I know I solicited your feedback and quetions on Twitter this week and while quite a bit is covered below, I know I couldn’t get to everything. I also owe some updates on Forge creations so I’ll revisit those questions and topics next week when we come up for air from the Blitz Beta.

We’ve got a fully loaded deck of legendary updates this week so without further ado…3..2..1..Blitz!hw2-blitz-mp-beta-blogbanner-1120-x-334-3cd197c27ad9447cab6c814f377e8896 Continue reading

Prima Games: Prepare for Blitz!

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is underway and if our own experience is any indication, you may be finding yourself on the losing end of matches far more than emerging victorious. Thankfully our friends over at Prima Games have put together some of their insider tips and knowledge to help us all improve our Blitz skills for the final stretch of the beta!

PREPARE FOR BLITZ!

BY PRIMA GAMES

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Halo Wars 2 Blitz Mode does away with the base-building, research, and unit-training found in other game modes. Instead, this card-based game mode features simplified resource management and greatly accelerated army growth. Continue reading

Welcome to the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is officially underway! From Jan. 20 through Jan. 30 players on Windows 10 PC and Xbox One can jump in and get PVP hands-on with Halo Wars 2’s brand new mode, Blitz.

The Halo Wars 2 development team needs your assistance to play Blitz on both platforms to help with critical datamining for various behind-the-scenes systems and services in addition to providing valuable feedback on the leaders, units and your overall Blitz gameplay experience. Continue reading

The Month of Master Chief January 2017 (1/17) Feature 8: NASCAR Master Chief

Master Chief has bee the inspiration for many things. As we celebrate the month of Master Chief 1/17, we look at various ways and things that have been made into Chief or in honor of him.

Today’s article focuses on NASCAR.

Before Halo 5 Guardians came out, 343/Micorsoft partnered with NASCAR and Dale Earnhart Jr. to have XBOX and Halo cars. Below we see the Chief car. Emblazoned with Green, Chief’s Visor at the front and his helmet on the hood, this is a worthy ride of our favorite Spartan!Dale-Chief Car Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 Feature: Blitz 101

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

By Ske7ch

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The Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta is nearly upon us which means it’s time for a special edition of the Halo Community Update to get you fully up to speed on everything you need to know to hit the ground running and emerge victorious on the battlefield! Blitz is a new way to play Halo Wars and offers a fast, card-based strategic experience that’s quite different from the standard RTS-style PVP matches of the past (don’t worry, those modes are all still included in the final game!). The Blitz Beta will be avaialble on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC but for the sake of this guide, when controls are stated they will be in reference to the console version.

Winning or losing a Blitz match ultimately comes down to a few key things:

  • Understanding the game mechanics
  • Leader & Deck composition
  • Battlefield decision-making

Luckily these are exactly the key things we’re going to dive into today. To kick things off, let’s first start with the basics and overall game mechanics. Continue reading

Halo Wars 2 goes GOLD!

A HUGE Congrats to the teams at 343 and Creative Assembly for Halo Wars 2 going GOLD!

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The Creative Assembly Halo Wars 2 Team:IMG_0095

Don’t forget folks, the second BETA starts TOMORROW! It lasts for 10 days and will be all about the gametype Blitz.

Blitz is a mix of RTS as well as Card Strategy. If you haven’t seen it, there is a twitterblitz game on twitter right now. Check out Isabel’s (The AI in Halo Wars 2) twitter account to play!2B3dLs7x

Canon Fodder Issue 96: The Art of War(s)

This is a reblog from Halo Waypoint:

BY GRIMBROTHER ONE
ISSUE 96

canonfodder-1-18-17-b6fbefdc141f4cd292d763bfde6e1746Greetings, and welcome back to the first Canon Fodder of 2017! It’s been a while since we last met like this, with understandable cause of course – with the Halo Wars 2 Blitz Beta nigh upon us, and the full game launch itself barely a month away, the studio has been abuzz with activity on a myriad of fronts.

With these things in mind, we thought it prudent to kick this year off the right way – with a salvo of salivation-inducing sweetness that we hope will satisfy the many lore-leaning fans who love to linger around these parts. We’ve got awesome new Halo Wars 2 Blitz art, an in-depth look at some rad new recent additions to the Halo: Ground Command arsenal thanks to fellow 343 lore liaison Kenneth Peters, cool community contributions, and more. Shall we begin? Continue reading